Preserving stem cells and tissue without the freezer burn
(University of Ottawa) Dr. Robert Ben, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa, is one half of the brainchild behind the development of ice recrystallization inhibitors, which are small organic molecules that halt ice growth in order to better preserve biological material used in the fields of cell therapy and regenerative medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 25, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Governments need to set clear rules for vaccinating health care workers against COVID-19
(University of Ottawa) An analysis undertaken by Faculty of Law professors and a physician-researcher from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa feels provincial and territorial governments should set clear rules for vaccinating health care workers against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in public and private settings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

uOttawa study shows that mindfulness can help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors
(University of Ottawa) A study led by University of Ottawa researchers provides empirical evidence that mindfulness has a significant impact on the brain of women suffering from neuropathic pain related to breast cancer treatment. The researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps modulate neuropathic pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 6, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Scientists pinpoint molecular cause for severe disorder in children
(University of Ottawa) A team of scientists from the University of Ottawa have opened a window into the cause of a rare genetic disorder that causes mortality in young children. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sex-specific Alzheimer's treatment could benefit males over females
(University of Ottawa) A University of Ottawa study found a specific Alzheimer's treatment is effective in male and not female mice, providing a window into the biology of the disease and the effectiveness of targeted treatments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How does the brain project manage its learning?
(University of Ottawa) In a paper published today in the prestigious journalScience, a collaboration between University of Ottawa and Humbolt University of Berlin reveals a critical role for a brain area called the perirhinal cortex in managing this learning process. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Healthcare workers have increased insomnia, risk of severe mental health problems: COVID-19 study
(University of Ottawa) University of Ottawa global meta-analysis finds significant mental-health consequences for population, but especially healthcare workers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New Canada research chairs foster outstanding research at uOttawa
(University of Ottawa) The University of Ottawa has earned a total of 10 Canada Research Chairs covering a broad scope of subjects, from the exploration of disruptive impacts of stress on higher brain functions to the need to preserve Indigenous traditional cultural memories, and emerging computing technologies that pave the way to smart cities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pandemic has severely disrupted sleep, increasing stress and medication use
(University of Ottawa) The COVID-19 pandemic is seriously affecting the sleep habits of half of those surveyed in a new study from The Royal Institute of Mental Health Research and the University of Ottawa, leading to further stress and anxiety plus further dependence on sleep medication. The global pandemic's impact on daily routines extends to the bed, according to 'Profiles of sleep changes during the COVID?19 pandemic: Demographic, behavioural and psychological factors'. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

uOttawa-led study shows that poor sleep can lead to depression in adolescents
(University of Ottawa) Chronic sleep disruption during adolescence can lead to depression in both males and females and alters stress reactivity in females, according to a new study led by University of Ottawa researchers. Their findings are particularly relevant in the context of a pandemic when adolescents' mental health is already under strain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

App could provide new way to track vaccine safety
(University of Ottawa) Canadian researchers launch pilot study of CANImmunize for tracking adverse events related to flu vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

$1 million to support manufacturing of COVID-19 treatments, vaccines at uOttawa, Ottawa Hospital
(University of Ottawa) Researchers from the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital have been awarded $1,050,000 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support facilities for manufacturing innovative treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Founding member of Cochrane, Dr. Peter Tugwell, receives the 2020 CIHR Barer-Flood Prize
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Barer-Flood Prize recognizes an exceptional researcher who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy, and/or care delivery.Dr. Peter Tugwell is a Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Epidemiology& Public Health, a Senior Scientist, and a practicing internist with a rheumatology practice. In 2001, Dr. Tugwell became Director for the Centre for Global Health at the Institute of Population Health and has built a research program and multidisciplinary team...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 27, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

'Classified knots': uOttawa researchers create optical framed knots to encode information
(University of Ottawa) In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new methods of distributing secret cryptographic keys - used to encrypt and decrypt data, ensure secure communication and protect private information. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

OPH looks to CHEO/uOttawa research to help the community fight against Coronavirus
(University of Ottawa) The National Capital Region is one of the first communities in Canada to conduct daily wastewater readings to help inform its community response in the fight against COVID-19, thanks to innovative research from the CHEO Research Institute (CHEO RI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Six uOttawa COVID-19 mental health projects receive $1 million CIHR funding
(University of Ottawa) Six University of Ottawa-affiliated projects focusing on COVID-19's impact on mental health have won important funding grants totaling over $1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tracking the trackers: uOttawa researchers launch COVID-19 Global Pandemic App Watch
(University of Ottawa) uOttawa launches the Global Pandemic App Watch, an AI + Society Initiative to track the uptake of COVID-19 contact-tracing and exposure-notification apps around the world. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Examining primary health care for patients with mental illness
(University of Ottawa) University of Ottawa study examines if the chronic health problems of people who live with serious mental illness overlooked by primary care providers (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rise of the mutants: New uOttawa-led research to improve enzyme design methodologies
(University of Ottawa) A group of researchers at the University of Ottawa has been looking for ways to improve enzyme design methodologies. They developed a novel computational procedure for enzyme design that is more accurate than previous methods because it allows to approximate the intrinsic flexibility of the protein scaffold used as a template for design. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 1, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

University of Ottawa study finds self-harm may be socially contagious among adolescents
(University of Ottawa) A new study led by University of Ottawa epidemiologist Dr. Ian Colman suggests non-suicidal self-injury--behaviours like cutting oneself without the intent to die--may be contagious among teenagers, who are more likely to harm themselves when they know someone who has. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study explores just transition task force lessons for depolarizing energy, climate policy
(University of Ottawa) The University of Ottawa's Positive Energy program released today a new report that explores the work of Canada's Just Transition Task Force. In 2018, the Task Force met with communities and stakeholders across Canada that would be affected by the federal government's phase out of coal-fired electricity. The report, written by Positive Energy researchers Brendan Frank and Sebastien Girard Lindsay, identifies aspects of the Task Force's work that could help to depolarize Canada's energy and climate dialogue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canada snapping up COVID-19 vaccines at expense of poorer countries, experts say
Global health experts including Ronald Labonté of University of Ottawa are calling on wealthier nations such as Canada to stop hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and do more to help distribute them to the countries least equipped to fight the pandemic. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

SPNHC Panel Discussion on Actions to Conserve Biodiversity
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) is hosting a panel discussion to consider how the biological collections community can most effectively contribute to protecting biodiversity. Join the SPNHC Biodiversity Crisis Response Committee and a panel of five experts on October 7, 2020 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM EDT. Panelists include: Dr. Tara Cornelisse, an insect conservation biologist and Senior Scientist with the Endangered Species Program at the Center for Biological Diversity. Dr. Robert Gropp, Executive Director of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, ...
Source: Public Policy Reports - September 28, 2020 Category: Biology Authors: AIBS Source Type: news

Schulich Leader Scholarships supports two new STEM rising stars at uOttawa
(University of Ottawa) Two uOttawa students have been awarded a chance to study in a STEM-related field, worry-free, thanks to a generous four-year Schulich Leader Scholarship, valued at up to $100,000 each. They are among 100 students across Canada to receive this scholarship, one of the most coveted in the country, in 2020. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 23, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

uOttawa, Taiwan's National Dong Hwa promote Indigenous academic and research initiatives
(University of Ottawa) The University of Ottawa's Faculty of Social Sciences is joining forces with Taiwan's National Dong Hwa University College of Indigenous Studies (NDHU-CIS) to promote Indigenous Studies after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on academic and research cooperation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Polarization over energy and climate in Canada: Oil and gas
(University of Ottawa) Positive Energy released new survey results examining Canadians' views on the role of oil and gas in Canada's current and future economy, and the respective roles of federal and provincial governments in the country's energy and climate future. This novel survey explores how party affiliation, ideology, region, gender, and age may influence opinions on these topics. The survey, conducted prior to the onset of COVID-19, provides a valuable benchmark for Canadians' views on oil, gas and government leadership. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 17, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

uOttawa Ph.D. student receives Fire Researcher of the Year Award
(University of Ottawa) Jennifer Keir, a uOttawa Ph.D. student and Research Associate whose research investigates firefighters' health and their occupational exposure to hazardous substances, has been named the 2020 Fire Researcher of the Year by the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 15, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Autism is twice as common in children whose mothers used cannabis in pregnancy
A University of Ottawa study of 2,200 women who reported using marijuana while pregnant found the autism rate among their kids was four per 1,000 person-years, compared to 2.4 among others. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada ’s Last Remaining Ice Shelf Crumbles Due to Global Warming
Much of Canada’s remaining intact ice shelf has broken apart into hulking iceberg islands thanks to a hot summer and global warming, scientists said. Canada’s 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island had been the country’s last intact ice shelf until the end of July when ice analyst Adrienne White of the Canadian Ice Service noticed that satellite photos showed that about 43% of it had broken off. She said it happened around July 30 or 31. Two giant icebergs formed along with lots of smaller ones, and they have already started drifting away, White said. The biggest is ne...
Source: TIME: Science - August 7, 2020 Category: Science Authors: SETH BORENSTEIN / AP Tags: Uncategorized climate change News Desk wire Source Type: news

uOttawa's Faculty of Medicine announces $40M investment in 58 clinical research chairs
(University of Ottawa) The University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine has awarded 58 clinical research chairs to top clinician-scientists in a five-year, $40 million investment to drive clinical research excellence and enhance health and patient care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Your brain on birth control
(University of Ottawa) Millions of women have been taking oral contraceptives, but little is known about whether the synthetic hormones found in the oral contraceptives have behavioural and neurophysiological effects, especially during puberty and early adolescence, which are critical periods of brain development. A uOttawa team of researchers found that oral contraceptive use is related to significant structural changes in brain regions implicated in memory and emotional processing. It also alters stress reactivity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

COVID-19: Unearthing the ties that bind
(University of Ottawa) New book provides deep dive into the vulnerabilities exposed by the pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Heart surgery stalled as COVID-19 spread
(University of Ottawa) In two recent journal articles, Dr. Marc Ruel explores how hospitals worldwide scaled back on heart surgeries as the pandemic hit, and how they can resume those operations in a world still plagued by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

uOttawa researchers discover new sex hormone
(University of Ottawa) When University of Ottawa biologists Kim Mitchell and Vance Trudeau began studying the effects of gene mutations in zebrafish, they uncovered new functions that regulate how males and females interact while mating. They changed the secretogranin-2 genes through specific mutation and found that it affected the ability of females and males to breed. It severely reduced their sexual behaviour. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 25, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Substituting the next-best protein
(University of Ottawa) Children born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a mutation in the X-chromosome gene that would normally code for dystrophin, a protein that provides structural integrity to skeletal muscles. The loss of this protein causes severe symptoms, including deteriorating muscle strength beginning around the age of four. While there is no cure, a promising area of research has developed around the protein utrophin, which is ~ 80% identical to dystrophin and even takes its place early during muscle development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study points to evidence of stray dogs as possible origin of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
(Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press)) University of Ottawa biology professor Xuhua Xia, tracing coronavirus signatures across different species, has proposed that stray dogs -- specifically dog intestines -- may have been the origin of the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mitigating the epidemic: UOttawa at the heart of Canada's response to COVID-19
(University of Ottawa) As the number of reported cases and countries affected by the coronavirus keep increasing, the entire research community is engaged in a race against the clock to develop an effective vaccine. Today, the Government of Canada announced it will invest close to $27M in medical, social and policy countermeasures research so that leading experts across the country work to find tangible solutions to mitigate this health crisis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 6, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Bilingual mash ups: Counterintuitive findings from sociolinguistics
(Linguistic Society of America) A new study exposes the fallacy of relying on pronunciation as a measure of linguistic proficiency. The study, 'Revisiting phonetic integration in bilingual borrowing', by Shana Poplack, Suzanne Robillard, Nathalie Dion (all from the University of Ottawa), and John. C. Paolillo (University of Indiana Bloomington) will be published in March 2020 issue of the scholarly journal Language. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 26, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

U of O students demand better mental health services amid deaths
There are growing calls from University of Ottawa students to increase mental health resources on campus in the wake of recent student deaths, including one over the weekend. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

U of O students denounce anti-psychiatry exhibit
Some students at the University of Ottawa are denouncing an on-campus display that calls psychiatry an "industry of death," saying it further stigmatizes people who need medication to treat mental health conditions. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Ottawa Source Type: news

University of Ottawa tool to democratize nanopore research
(University of Ottawa) A team of researchers at the University of Ottawa is democratizing entry into the field of nanopore research by offering up a unique tool to accelerate the development of new applications and discoveries. The innovative T.-Cossa Lab came up with the idea to provide the research community with the protocols, hardware designs, and software required to fabricate solid-state nanopores in a fast, low cost, and completely automated fashion. This method is available in Nature Protocols. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 14, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains
This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article. (Source: TIME: Health)
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rod McCullom / Undark Tags: Uncategorized onetime psychology syndication Source Type: news

How Bullying May Shape Adolescent Brains
This article was originally published on Undark. Read the original article. (Source: TIME: Science)
Source: TIME: Science - September 10, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Rod McCullom / Undark Tags: Uncategorized onetime psychology syndication Source Type: news

Cochrane expresses thanks to Professor Philippe Ravaud for leadership of Cochrane France
After leading  Cochrane France  for nine years, Professor Philippe Ravaud is stepping down as Director.   Philippe has led Cochrane France since 2010. His team and Epidemiology unit, basedat Paris Descartes University, is an extremely productive and innovative group that has been at the forefront in developing innovative approaches for disseminating Cochrane evidence in France particularly through language translation and training.Philippe ’s primary research focus is methodological research to assess treatments in chronic diseases. His research activities are structured around non-pharmacological...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - March 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Artificial lung cancer tissue could help find new drug treatments
A 3D hydrogel created by researchers in U of T Engineering Professor Molly Shoichet's lab is helping University of Ottawa researchers to quickly screen hundreds of potential drugs for their ability to fight highly invasive cancers. Cell invasion is a critical hallmark of metastatic cancers, such as certain types of lung and brain cancer. Fighting these cancers requires therapies that can both kill cancer cells as well as prevent cell invasion of healthy tissue. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - February 25, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Artificial lung cancer tissue could help find new drug treatments
(University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science& Engineering) A 3D hydrogel created by researchers at U of T Engineering is helping University of Ottawa researchers to quickly screen hundreds of potential drugs for their ability to fight highly invasive cancers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cochrane's 30 under 30: Shalini Suresh
Cochrane is made up of  13,000 members and over 50,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere.Cochrane is an incredible community of people who all play their part in improving health and healthcare globally. We believe that by putting trusted evidence at the heart of health decisions we can achieve a world of improved health for all.  Many  of our contributors are young people working with Cochrane ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Lydia Parsonson Source Type: news

Discovery points to innovative new way to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy
(The Ottawa Hospital) Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have discovered a new way to treat the loss of muscle function caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy in animal models of the disease. As reported in Cell Stem Cell, the team restored muscle stem cell function that is impaired in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, resulting in efficient regeneration of the muscle and preventing the progressive loss of muscle strength characteristic of the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Persistent postconcussive symptoms in children and adolescents - Arefeen Z, Kazmi SM, Shareef S.
Investigators from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Boston Children's Hospital, Alberta Children's Hospital, University of Montreal, McGill University Health Center, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Calgary, and the University of Ottawa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New drug combination destroys chemo-resistant blood cancer
(The Ottawa Hospital) Researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have developed a promising targeted strategy to treat chemotherapy-resistant acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and a diagnostic test to determine which AML patients would most likely benefit from this treatment. In a mouse model, the experimental treatment eliminated all signs of disease (complete remission) in 100 percent of animals, while those that received the standard treatment all died. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news